There’s something special, elegant and luxurious about chocolate dipped strawberries. Not only will they help you step up the romance on Valentine’s Day, they’re also an impressive gift for Mother’s Day, perfect to take to your next dinner party or just a great way to spoil someone special.
Although choc-dipped strawberries look fancy, they’re surprisingly easy to make at home. If you want to keep it simple, you only need two ingredients, strawberries and chocolate, but if you want to take it to the next level, here are some creative decorating ideas.
Choose fresh, unblemished, medium to large strawberries that are the same size and bright red all the way to the stem. White ends don't have the same flavour or visual appeal once dipped in chocolate. We recommend visiting your local farmers market or grower to get the best strawberries you can find.
Rinse the strawberries and dry them thoroughly. We use paper towel to pat them dry, then leave them to sit on a clean tea towel at room temperature for at least 30 minutes. This is an important step because any moisture on the berries will affect the chocolate. This includes any moisture from blemishes, so avoid strawberries with any visible bruises or soft spots.
It's a good idea to have everything ready before you melt the chocolate, because once you start dipping the strawberries, you'll need to work reasonably quickly.
We use a double boiler to melt chocolate because it gives us better control. The heat is less intense and allows the chocolate to melt more gradually, so it's less likely to burn and become lumpy. You can also use a microwave, but make sure you microwave the chocolate in short bursts on a lower power setting, stirring the chocolate after each interval.
If you don’t have a double boiler, you can make one at home with equipment you’ll find in your kitchen. Simply fill a saucepan with an inch or two of water and find a heatproof bowl that sits snugly on top. It’s important the bottom of the bowl doesn’t touch the water. It’s the steam from the water that provides the heat to melt the chocolate.
Place the chocolate in the heatproof bowl and bring the water to a simmer over medium heat. Stir the chocolate regularly until it has melted. Remove the bowl, wipe any excess water from the bottom with a thick cloth and set aside to cool slightly. Be careful, because the bowl will be very hot and steam will escape when removing it.
Now it’s time for the fun part.
Take a strawberry and hold it securely with your fingers by the leaves. Dip it in the melted chocolate, about two thirds of the way up the strawberry, rotating it to form an even line. Gently shake off any excess chocolate back into the bowl.
Roll the dipped strawberries in the chopped nuts, toasted coconut or biscuit crumb, if desired.
Place the dipped strawberry on the lined baking sheet. Once you've placed it, don’t disturb it until the chocolate has set.
Once you’ve dipped all of the strawberries, transfer the baking sheet to the fridge.
Drizzling chocolate, especially chocolate of a different colour, is an easy and effective way to decorate your strawberries.
Melt the chocolate using the same method for the dipping chocolate, then pour it into a disposable piping bag. If you don't have a piping bag, a zip lock bag will also do the trick. Cut a very small tip off the corner of the bag, then gently squeeze the chocolate through the hole in a thin stream.
If you don't have a piping bag or zip lock bag, you can also use a spoon or a fork to drizzle the chocolate across the strawberries.
Once you've finished topping your strawberries with chocolate drizzle, simply return them to the fridge to set.
How long do chocolate dipped strawberries last?
Chocolate dipped strawberries are best eaten the same day they are made. Over time the moisture in the strawberries will cause them to sweat and this will affect the chocolate.
Can I freeze chocolate dipped strawberries?
We don't recommend freezing the strawberries after dipping because when they thaw out, the strawberries will release excess moisture and affect the chocolate.
Makes: 15-20 strawberries
Recipe time: 20-30 minutes
Strawberries - 2 punnets of medium to large ripe, blemish free strawberries
120g chocolate for dipping (milk, dark or white, depending on your preference)
50g chocolate for drizzle
1/4 cup finely chopped pistachios, almonds or peanuts
And that’s it. It’s that simple. So get down to your local farmers market, pick up the most beautiful strawberries you can find and get dipping!